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Hi member,
Welcome to the first newsletter for 2017. Last year we saw a number of network functions held across QLD, SA & WA and a steady flow of new members.  In 2017 we are looking forward to highlighting the ongoing activities of this network and to a strategic plan being developed to guide the network.
A series of events are planned for this year in VIC, WA and QLD, including a new initiative in support of Ovarian Cancer Australia; ForestWorks will host an Afternoon Teal in Melbourne next Thursday 23 February. Please read on for further details.
WFTN has a National Advisory Group which meets quarterly to plan and look at ways to strengthen the network. Women on this advisory network represent all sectors and regions across Australia. In the first part of  2017 a Strategic Plan will be developed for this network and we invite members to register their interest to be a part of the National Advisory Group and/or to contribute to the strategic planning process. Please email your interest and how you would like to contribute to by COB 1st March. 
Ms Candice Fennell, Regional Manager for LV Dohnts & Co in Western Australia, is profiled. Candice has recently been nominated for the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award for WA, so we thank her for sharing a bit about herself with us and wish her the best of luck with the awards process going forward.  For more information on the awards click here.
Please feel welcome to forward any news, events or information to Michelle Ingley-Smith, WFTN Coordinator, ForestWorks, at so we can share it widely.
Note: membership to the network is free and registration forms are available at


Melbourne Afternoon Teal

Join us in Melbourne on 23 February to network with others in our industry and, at the same time, help raise awareness and funds for a key women’s health issue – ovarian cancer.

ForestWorks will be hosting the event on behalf of the Women in Forests and Timber Network (WFTN). Everyone is welcome to attend – men and women. Please bring a gold coin donation to go towards Ovarian Cancer Australia. You can also donate by visiting the event page.

When: Thursday, 23 February 2018

Where: Forestworks, 559A Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

Time: 3pm – 4pm
Click here to RSVP
Host an Afternoon Teal for your regional WFTN
Ovarian Cancer Australia’s Afternoon Teal campaign encourages people to host a fundraising event for their friends, family or colleagues. Whether it’s a high tea, picnic, golf day, movie night or gala dinner, anybody and everybody can get involved! Click here to register an event for the WFTN membership in your region.
This February, for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Australia is urging Australians to recognise the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer through #KnowAskAct read more.

WA Networking Event

Breakfast Networking Event
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Emu Point Cafe, 1 Mermaid Avenue, Emu Point
Members of the WA WFTN will meet for a networking breakfast event to discuss and kick off networking activities for 2017. For further details or to RSVP, please contact Candice Fennell, Regional Manager for LV Dohnts & Co (08) 9842 8138.

QLD Networking Events

Save the Dates

Carter Holt Harvey Caboolture Mill Tour
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
8am - 12pm
Morning tea and lunch provided
Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts Australia are hosting an industry tour for up to 20 women who work in the forest and timber industry and who do not ordinarily get the opportunity to see timber production 'in action'. The tour will visit the Mill as well as a plantation. To register your interest and for more information, please email 

Quarterly Networking Breakfasts
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Thursday, 7 September 2017
Thursday, 7 December 2017

Each breakfast will take place at 8am at Vagelis Café, 50 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton.
For further details or to RSVP, please contact Alicia Oelkers, State Manager at TABMA QLD, (07) 3254 3166

 Meet Candice Fennell

What has been your career highlight to date?
Receiving a scholarship in the Advanced Leadership Program through Women & Leadership Australia. I got so much out of this program throughout 2016 and it was the perfect timing for my leadership journey. I am still experiencing the benefits through clearer direction for myself and passing this onto our team, and about where I want to be as a leader. The women in the program were inspirational. We had a small group that connected very well and we have continued to keep in contact, experiencing the ongoing benefits of peer coaching each other. Another highlight was seeking the opportunity to meet The Hon Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs in her office at Parliament House in 2015.
What advice would you give to women that are new to the forestry industry, and for women in leadership roles?
Put your hand up – seek opportunities to stretch yourself and grow.  Be grateful and considerate.  Take the time to plan your goals.  Balance yourself – however it works best for you.  There are so many aspects to forestry to learn about and there is a dynamic within the industry that has a strong outlook on innovation and promotion that is always so interesting to hear about and be involved in.
Read the full interview

We want to hear from you!

Promoting women is important to raising our profile and visibility in the industry so we have introduced this profiling section to do just that. And we want to hear from you! We know that self-promotion doesn’t come easy to everyone and we want to change that.  We want to highlight and promote women from our sectors across all levels who make valuable contributions and a difference everyday so we have listed a few easy questions for you to answer and we will do the rest. 

 Be involved

RIRDC Rural Women's Award Winners (State) announcements
Feb-April 2017
Find out more

International Women’s Day
8 March 2017
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a significant celebration across the globe in March. 'This year’s theme is Empower a woman, empower a nation’ with many IWD events planned nationwide so if you haven’t already booked in for a breakfast or lunch, you may want to consider organising your own within your workplace. 
Find out more

 Contact us

If you would like more information, or you are interested in joining the Women in Forests and Timber Network, please contact: 

Michelle Ingley-Smith
WFTN Coordinator, ForestWorks 
  1800 177 001

Thank you to our network host ForestWorks and our sponsor Healthcare Insurance.


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